IP and Related Issues for Computer Software: Leveraging Copyright, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Patents, and Contracts
Evaluating the Protection Options, Weighing the Benefits and Risks
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will guide counsel in determining which of the many available forms of IP protection is the optimal mode for software in the United States, while also taking into account some international and related considerations. The panel will examine the pros and cons of each avenue and how developers and their counsel can best utilize the IP protection available.
- Challenges in protecting computer software
- Leveraging IP protection available
- Patents post-Alice Corp.
- Trade secrets
- International considerations
- Licensing and terms of service
- Best practices
- Understanding third-party materials incorporated into software and compliance with applicable licenses
- Evaluating options to protect software, including in relation to new software technologies
- Understanding the role of software protection strategies in M&A transactions
The panel will review these and other noteworthy issues:
- What are the hurdles to obtaining the various IP protections for software?
- How can counsel assist clients in developing an IP protection strategy based on their business goals?
- How does a prospective acquirer evaluate the steps taken by the seller to protect its software?
Matthew D. Asbell
Mr. Asbell assists clients in clearing, obtaining, enforcing, and defending trademark rights in the U.S. and throughout... | Read More
Mr. Asbell assists clients in clearing, obtaining, enforcing, and defending trademark rights in the U.S. and throughout the world. He also provides advice on patents, copyrights, domain names, and other related areas. He frequently collaborates on and authors articles on intellectual property on subjects ranging from social media and domain names to licensing, branding, and information technology. His certifications as a Social Media Strategist and Master Instructor equip him to handle complex intellectual property matters arising in the Web 2.0 space.Close
Mr. Eramian is an advisor with Catalyze Advisors, where he helps startup companies develop and implement their IP... | Read More
Mr. Eramian is an advisor with Catalyze Advisors, where he helps startup companies develop and implement their IP strategies. Previously, he was Managing Director, Global Head of IP at BlackRock and, before that, the first Head of IP at Stripe. He has been recognized as part of the IAM Strategy 300, and his BlackRock team was recognized as metro Atlanta's most innovative corporate IP law department. Mr. Eramian is an inventor on 23 issued U.S. patents related to e-commerce and payments.Close
Louise Leduc Kennedy
Founding Attorney, IP & Strategic Transactions Counsel
West Hill Technology Counsel
Ms. Kennedy advises technology companies on strategic and commercial matters including software commercialization,... | Read More
Ms. Kennedy advises technology companies on strategic and commercial matters including software commercialization, cloud computing, strategic alliances, and all aspects of online business and contracting. She has advised start-ups, mid-sized private and public companies as well as Fortune 100 enterprises in a variety of matters that also include mergers and acquisitions, employment law issues, and open source software strategies. Before launching West Hill, she worked as in-house counsel at IBM Corporation for 9 years. During this time she supported the Global Sales and Distribution Group, IBM Business Consulting Services as well as the Lotus brand within IBM Software Group. Her responsibilities included the structure and negotiation of complex e-marketplace offerings as well as supply-chain management and e-procurement software alliances. At Lotus, she served as brand counsel for Lotus Notes, Domino, Sametime, and Lotus Live Engage, IBM’s debut Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enterprise collaboration offering. She provided general legal guidance and support for all aspects of product development, licensing, marketing, and strategic relationships including complex deals with AOL, Yahoo!, and Google.Close
IP Strategist & Litigator
West Hill Technology Counsel
Ms. Syed counsels clients on all aspects of their intellectual property – trademarks, copyrights, patents and... | Read More
Ms. Syed counsels clients on all aspects of their intellectual property – trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets – to help them maximize the value and enforceability of their content, brands and technology. Her trademark practice includes the selection, screening, prosecution, licensing, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, domestic and international. She also advises clients on copyright matters, including registration, licensing, maintenance and enforcement.
She is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has litigated IP cases in federal court and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also assists clients in domain name disputes and on-line brand protection in federal court or arbitration before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) or the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
As a registered patent attorney, she advises clients on patent matters and has litigated patent cases in numerous federal courts. She has counseled clients in a variety of technological fields, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, computer software, and material sciences.Close